Table of Contents December 2005

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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No one may ever know unless social psychologists shake off their fascination with jerks.
Can a mechanical snake that surfs the ocean squeeze enough watts from water?
Will a lost coronation temple reveal how the ancient Nubians rose up and seized the throne of the mighty Egyptians?
Shakespeare, Seurat, and Matisse knew little about physics, but their work is awash in its principles.
Robots can now assist in surgery, navigate Mars, and even vacuum your living room.
Insulin resistance could bring down our health system, but it's easily preventable.


From electric washing machines to the future of robotic pets, these books, exhibits and shows are not to be missed.
The same symptoms for an infant and an older man have separate causes and different consequences.


Newly found track fossils offer clues about the life of T.rex and other behemoths
"Is the United States economy sustainable? I don't believe it is."
New images from the Cassini space probe show a curious-looking moon.
How magicians exploit a part of our brain responsible for visual awareness.
Biosphere 2, a prototype space colony in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, is up for sale.
Planetoid EL61 is the strangest of several new bodies discovered in the solar system's icy fringe, the Kuiper belt.
Humans have been boosting global greenhouse gas levels for at least 2,000 years.
How odors subconsciously affect your thoughts.
Sequencing the DNA of British racehorse Eclipse may help untangle the history of Thoroughbreds.
Scientists celebrate 100 years of understanding cosmic speed limits
Ordinary people can solve communication problems much quicker than clueless government officials when catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina strike.
Researchers hit pay dirt in the search for the disease's animal reservoir.
The Sinai baton blue butterfly hints at how animals will respond to climate change.
Greenland grabs attention for its copious number of rubies.
The largest of these reptiles had a wingspan greater than that of a modern fighter jet.
Anesthetizing the fetus during abortion is unnecessary, and maybe even dangerous.
Panicked ants follow the herd, and the herd makes some bad decisions.
A new permanent glass coating can keep fog from forming on windshields.